• PrAna Super Mojo Pant

    MSRP: $79.00 BEST FOR:  All-around climbing or bouldering    prAna’s Super Mojo pant is the (literal and figurative) extension of the best climbing shorts ever made, the uber-classic Mojo shorts, which now come in a … Continue reading "PrAna Super Mojo Pant"
  • La Sportiva Trango Ice Cube GTX

    MSRP: $550 BEST FOR: Mixed climbing, light and fast alpinism   The La Sportiva Trango Ice Cube GTX is a lightweight alpine boot, perfect for mixed climbing, light and fast missions and Alps-genre mountaineering adventures. … Continue reading "La Sportiva Trango Ice Cube GTX"
  • Kavu Shapiro Rope Bag

    MSRP: $75 BEST FOR: Cragging   Professional climber Jeff Shapiro found himself dreaming of an improved rope bag, and, after some do-it-himself arts and crafts, created a prototype. One of his sponsors, Kavu, improved upon … Continue reading "Kavu Shapiro Rope Bag"
  • PrAna Avril Shorts

    MSRP: $65 BEST FOR: All-around use, warm weather   If you like items that double, well, here you go. These are climbing shorts you can wear, without embarrassment, into the grocery store. Or hike in, … Continue reading "PrAna Avril Shorts"
  • Smartwool Merino 150 Underwear

    MSRP: $29.95 – $44.95 BEST FOR: All outdoor activities   When it comes to performance wear we put a lot of thought into what we don before setting off into the mountains. We want moisture … Continue reading "First Look: Smartwool Merino 150 Underwear"
  • Garmont Tower Extreme LX GTX Mountaineering Boots

    MSRP: $419.95 BEST FOR: Mountaineering   A first look at any new pair of mountain boots always consists of the following question: “Are these boots made for walking or climbing?” The hypothesis is that mountain … Continue reading "Garmont Tower Extreme LX GTX Mountaineering Boots"
  • Sea to Summit Alpha 2.1 Cookset

    MSRP: $64.95 BEST FOR: Camping and backpacking   The new Alpha cookware sets from Sea to Summit are lightweight camping sets for backpacking and camping. Each set nests together into the largest pot and can … Continue reading "Sea to Summit Alpha 2.1 Cookset"
  • Black Diamond Mission 55

    MSRP: $219.00 BEST FOR: alpine and winter climbing   It’s for ice and winter climbing. Winter travel. Alpine cragging, at the very least. But what if you are a plain rock climber who always overloads … Continue reading "Black Diamond Mission 55"
  • Hilleberg Soulo Tent

      MSRP: $695.00 BEST FOR: Everything from high-altitude alpine climbing to dirtbagging   Hilleberg is pretty much to tents as Harley Davidson is to motorcyles; the wares they produce are not cheap, but, man, oh … Continue reading "Hilleberg Soulo Tent"
  • Stonewear Designs Drishti Tank and Ascending Tank

      MSRP: $48; $56 BEST FOR: Cragging or gym wear   Truth is, it caught my eye, is all. Same, apparently, for the woman co-owner of Water Stone Sports in Fayetteville, in the heart of … Continue reading "Stonewear Designs Drishti Tank and Ascending Tank"
  • Bight Gear Neoshell Nuker Jacket

      MSRP: $429.00 BEST FOR: Mountaineering and alpinism.   In the 1990’s the “home sauna suit” was a real quick-and-easy weight-loss fad. The concept was simple: wrap yourself in plastic bags and go for a … Continue reading "Bight Gear Neoshell Nuker Jacket"
  • Hippy Tree Crag Shorts

      MSRP: $55.95 BEST FOR: Bouldering both indoors and out   It’s the build quality of these Crag Shorts that really stands out. They’re simple, yet simply well made. Hippy Tree are a California-based company … Continue reading "Hippy Tree Crag Shorts"